Lady Tigers Head to Houston for Rice Tournament
Nov. 30, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - The Lady Tigers will play in their second tournament in as many weeks when they travel to Houston, Texas, to participate in the Gene Hackerman Invitational hosted by Rice University. Memphis will face Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the tourney on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. They will then face either Rice or Iona College the following day. The consolation game will be played at 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship game to follow.
Memphis enters the tournament with a 4-0 record after claiming its ninth straight Lady Tiger Classic title last weekend with wins over East Tennessee State and Texas A&M. Memphis' 4-0 start is the best start of a Lady Tiger squad since the 1988-89 season. The Lady Tigers also received votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, and was named the Team of the Week by womenscollegehoops.com. Senior all-America candidate Tiffany Adkins leads Memphis in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.0 points and 7.0 boards a game.
Eastern Kentucky is 2-1 on the year, having beaten Glenville State (116-80), Bowling Green (89-61) and Belmont (87-82). EKU's only loss so far this season was to Texas A&M (96-88), who Memphis defeated last week, 75-68. Four EKU players are averaging in double figures in scoring, led by Candice Finley who averages 14.7 points per game. Katie Kelly follows with 12.7 ppg., and Synisha Smith and Larrya Wall round out the scoring with 12.0 and 10.7 ppg., respectively. Teresa McNair is the leading rebounder, pulling down 7.7 boards a game.
Rice is 4-2 on the year, having defeated South Carolina (61-56), Texas-Pan American (67-60), Richmond (77-65) and UNC Greensboro (50-46). Rice's two losses were to Louisiana Tech, 85-54, in the preseason WNIT and Arizona, 84-71, in Tucson. Rice has played its last five straight games on the road.
Iona College is 2-1 on the year with wins over Albany and Colgate. Their only loss was to Virginia Commonwealth. Iona College will play at Long Island before heading to Houston.
The Lady Tigers own a 3-0 series advantage over Eastern Kentucky, dating back to the 1973-74 season. The only other time that the two teams have faced each other were both during the 1974-75 season. Memphis is 1-0 over Rice, defeating the Owls, 62-61, in last season's Lady Tiger Classic. Memphis has never faced Iona College.
Memphis continues its road swing, traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Dec. 6 to face its third SEC opponent of the season, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Memphis will also face UALR (12/9), Tennessee (12/15) and UMKC (12/20) before returning to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on Dec. 29.